Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Oak Forest police report, May 10.
A 24-year-old New Lenox woman fell victim to a telephone scam, according to a report. The victim received a call from a number with a 630 area code where the caller claimed to be from "Commonwealth Edison." The call was intended for her parents' workplace in Oak Forest and redirected to her cell phone. She told police her parents don’t speak English well and that's the reason she took the call. The scammer said the business’ electricity would be shut off within an hour if a past due payment wasn’t transferred, according to the report. She was told to send the payment through MoneyPak. While transferring the money, the victim realized it was a scam and unsuccessfully tried to stop the $300 transaction. Police called the number and a male …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Jewelry and laptops also were taken in after an apartment break-in in the 15800 block of South Central Avenue on April 2.
Expensive jewelry, laptop computers and $10,000 cash meant for a trip to the Philippines were reported missing from a ransacked apartment, according to a report. Police were called at about 8:32 p.m. on April 2 to the 15800 block of South Central Avenue, the report stated. Dresser drawers were opened and boxes were emptied in the master bedroom of the apartment, the report continued. The victims told police they had left just five hours earlier that day. When they returned, they found the front door busted open, the report added. The victims were planning to use the cash to visit a sick relative, according to the report. Police found fingerprints and turned them over to the Joliet Crime Lab for analysis. A witness reported seeing a man she…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Authorities said an allegation of abuse was made concerning Gina Pressly a week before she was killed. The boyfriend of her legal guardian is charged with first-degree murder in her death.
A spokesman for the Department of Children and Family Services has confirmed that the agency received an allegation of abuse one week before a 3-year-old Oak Forest girl was brutally murdered. The DCFS contacted Oak Forest police and asked them to perform a well-being check for Gina Presley, of the 15300 block of Walnut Road, on March 20, a day after receiving a report alleging abuse. A week later, Presley was pronounced dead and the boyfriend of her legal guardian, Jessie B. Rodriguez, 42, of Chicago, was charged with first-degree murder charge in her death. He was one of two people held for questioning after Presley's death on March 26. The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled that Presley died of blunt force trauma to the head, …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Oak Forest Police Department will start a 'Lock it or Lose it,' campaign Monday, April 1, reminding residents to properly secure their vehicles and store valuables out of sight in their car.
Following a rash of burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the city, the Oak Forest Police Department is starting a new campaign to help remind residents to "Lock it or Lose it." Kicking off Monday, April 1, and running through the rest of the year, the campaign will see officers patrolling city parking lots and neighborhoods, inspecting cars to make sure residents aren't leaving valuables in plain view and that vehicles are locked. If an officer finds a vehicle that might be enticing to a burglar, he or she will leave a notice under a windshield wiper, reminding the owner to be more careful. “A vehicle with an unlocked door or an open window is an easy target,” said Eric Wynn, a police investigator who serves as the department’s crime …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A round up of items from the Oak Forest city council's Tuesday, March 26, meeting.
The Oak Forest police and the city's building departments both are receiving new printers and copiers, while the City Council finalized the purchase of an apartment building at 15659 S. Lamon Ave., approving both moves by 4-0 votes at its Tuesday, March 26 meeting. READ: City Council OKs Lawn Care Service for Vacant, Abandoned Properties Three copiers will be leased by the city from Proven Business Systems as part of a five-year agreement. Two combination printer-copier-scanner units will be used by the police department, while the third will be in the Building Department. The city will pay $418.00 per month for the three machines. The council also finalized an agreement to purchase the apartment building at 15659 S. Lamon Avenue, which …
Monday, March 18, 2013
A 69-year-old Chicago woman was hurt and ticketed after an afternoon accident at 159th Street and Laramie Avenue, according to Sun-Times Media.
A three-car crash Monday at the intersection of 159th Street and Laramie Avenue left a Chicago woman with minor injuries, Sun-Times Media reports. READ: Check Out the Full Sun-Times Media Story for Full Details The woman, 69, was ticketed with making an improper turn in the afternoon accident, which backed up traffic along 159th Street, the report continued. Patch contacted Oak Forest Police late Monday afternoon, but no more details were available. Two Ways to Stay Connected to Oak Forest Patch:
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A home in the 4300 block of Wagman Street was burglarized Wednesday, Dec. 12. The suspect(s) didn't take anything of value, but the Oak Forest Crime Commission and Oak Forest Police are urging residents to take precautionary steps.
Police were called to a home in the 4300 block of Wagman Street, due a report of a break-in at the home in broad daylight Wednesday, Dec. 12. At the scene police spoke with the victim, who said that about an hour after returning home, they noticed the backdoor of the residence was kicked in. The victim told officers that it only appeared that costume jewelery was taken from the home and that the victim's wedding band and other valuables were undisturbed. The victim said that their son was home around 2 p.m. to use the computer and he did not notice anything missing or the damage to the door. The victim told officers that the son might have come home in the middle of the burglary and interrupted the crime while it was in progress. The Oak …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The single-vehicle crash happened near 147th and Oak Park Avenue late Saturday night.
Authorities have released the name of the driver killed in a motorcycle wreck near 147th and Oak Park Avenue Saturday night. Matteo Manueli, 34, of Alsip, has been identified as the driver of the motorcycle, the Chicago Tribune reports. The driver appeared to have lost control while driving at about 8:45 p.m., said Oak Forest Police Lt. John Koschnitzky. The roadway and weather were clear last night. Koschnitzky said the victim wasn't wearing a helmet. The driver was taken to Palos Community Hospital. Police were at the scene of the crash until early Sunday morning. Personnel from the Cook County Sheriff's Office and Oak Forest's Police and Fire departments were at the crash. The South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team is …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Two new officers will be sworn in during Tuesday's Oak Forest City Council meeting.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
Oak Forest residents will soon see two new faces behind an Oak Forest Police Department badge. Craig Zelhart and Adrian O'Donnell were recently hired, and will be sworn in during Tuesday's city council meeting. Zelhart, a United States Marine, is still in the Reserves and is attending Kankakee Community College. O'Donnell earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Western Illinois University. Both men will begin the 12-week police academy on October 1. Want the latest on Oak Forest police and government news? Sign up for our daily, email newsletter.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Oak Forest residents can turn in unwanted firearms at the South Suburban
Association of Chiefs of Police (SSACOP) Gun Buy Back Program from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Midlothian Police Department.
If just one handgun turned in at a gun buy back program this weekend means that gun is kept out of the hands of criminals, Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson will count the event a success. Fortunately, Oak Forest isn't home to a lot of violent crime, Anderson said. He guesses that his department confiscates less than 15 to 20 guns a year. "We have a relatively low recovery rate of handguns in Oak Forest," he said, adding that his estimates are unofficial. "We don't see a severe rate of violent crime that other areas may see." Oak Forest is participating in the South Suburban Association Chiefs of Police (SSACOP) Gun Buy Back Program, which will be offered at six sites throughout the Southland from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Forest's site …